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Athletes who play on uneven surfaces always risk injuries like sprained ankles and tendonitis. Those who play on hard surfaces risk injuries like plantar fasciitis (arch and heel pain) and fractures, as their feet are subjected to relentless pounding on the court or street.
The worst things to do when you feel pain is to "walk it off" or "play through it", because sports injuries of the foot and ankle only get better with rest and treatment. If you continue to do the same activity in the same way after you injure yourself, the injury will only get worse.
It's also important to note that over 60% of sports injuries occur during practice. Make sure you warm-up before practice or training, and if you notice any pain or stiffness in your toes, foot, or ankle, have your trainer take a look to make sure you don't have an injury. If you do, follow up as soon as possible with a podiatrist to make sure that you're able to safely bear the stress of competition. After all, it's smarter to sit out a game or two and heal a minor injury than to miss an entire season because it developed into a very serious problem.
We realize that every athlete hates to sit on the bench - you love your sport and you live to play it. The goal of our podiatry team is to get you back in the game as soon as possible, and we've helped hundreds of athletes do just that.
Children suffer similar sports injuries to adults. Please see our page on pediatric foot and ankle conditions if your child is limping, complaining of pain, or displaying any problems with coordination.
Follow the links below to get more information on the most common foot and ankle sports injuries treated by our podiatric physicians.
I have heel pain (at play or rest)